Esplanade Presents | Super Japan – Japanese Festival of Arts


Tribute to Toru Takemitsu

Performed by Cheryl Lim (flute), Jonathan Lee (viola), Charity Kiew (harp) and The Graduate Singers
20 May 2016Fri
7.15pm, 8.15pm & 9.15pm
7.15pm, 8.15pm & 9.15pm
Esplanade Concourse

Toru Takemitsu 武満徹 (1931–1996) was a world renowned self-taught Japanese composer who combined elements of Eastern and Western music and philosophy. The variety, quantity, and consistency of Takemitsu's output are remarkable, considering that he never worked within any kind of conventional framework or genre. In addition to the several hundred independent works of music, he scored over 90 films and published 20 books.

In memory of this towering artist on the occasion of his 20th death anniversary, this evening’s programme features a collection of Takemitsu’s choral works, including To the Island (島へ, 1983) and All That The Man Left Behind When He Died (死んだ男の残したものは, 1965), performed by The Graduate Singers. Three instrument works: Air (flute solo, 1995), Le Fils des étoiles (flute and harp) composed by Erik Satie and arranged by Toru Takemitsu and a trio work, And then I knew t’was wind (viola, flute and harp, 1992), performed by some of the finest young local musicians.

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